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Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and lifejackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips

CANOE-CAMPING >>> only 3 spots left as of 2/14/14
Spring Break 2014: March 1 – 9, 2014  (Saturday – Sunday)
Gulf Coast:  Florida and Alabama
Cost= $385
Sign-up by: 6 pm Friday, Feb. 21
> Bring $100 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 pm.

This trip was a huge success in 2008 and 2010 so we are bringing it back, with a few suggested revisions.  The trip will include car camping at Big Lagoon State Park and Bear Lake in Florida.  There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest.  We will practice our canoeing skills on Bear Lake before starting our big trip.  We will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the  incredible Blackwater River.  (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sand bars at each bend).  This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty.  No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim.    Estimate trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.

Cost includes: van transportation, in-camp food, group equipment (including the canoes and kayaks), permits, camping fees, entrance fees and a cheap hotel in Alabama on the last night.

Space is limited to the first 8 people who sign up, so don’t delay.

Check out this GulfCoast.fortheweb.14 for more info.

Please contact Linda Rosenkranz, VU ORP Director, at (615) 343-7898 or via email at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding this trip.


APRIL 5   (Saturday)
Piney River, TN
Cost:  $34

Sign-up by: 1 pm on Friday, April 4
>Bring $34 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 4/2 at 5:00 pm

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of this Class I river.  Highlights include rock walls and spectacular bluffs.   This is a great trip for beginner paddlers.
Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6pm.

APRIL 12  (Saturday)
Cordell Hull Lake, TN
Cost:  FREE!

Sign-up by:  Friday, April 4
Come to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/8 at 5:00 pm

At points during our hike along the north side of the lake we have noticed trash washed up on the former shorelines from the summer before.  By canoeing around the lake, we can stop and pick up trash, using the canoes to do the hauling.  This is a pretty area worthy of our time.  Beginners are welcome.  All paddling equipment is provided.
Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.

Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.